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of the most thoughtful people that i have seen and i will introduce them. nicholas negroponte who is founder of the m.i.t. media lab, and the chairman of -- former director of mit's media. [applause] >> the director of reading at talks university of. [applause] >> cheryl cramer toto is senior vice president of planning and strategy at hot and mifflin. [applause] >> baratunde thurston is comedian, author of the book "how to be black" and former director of digital for "the onion". [applause] >> robert darnton is director of harvard university, professor at harvard university. [applause] >> we are going to start out by having each of the panelists to the four minute presentation on what they see as the future of reading and we will go into a discussion from there. we start with nicholas negroponte. >> thank you. i modestly suggested i go first because i wanted to talk about the basics, not particularly advocate one future or another. in thinking about it over the years, i realized there's a very distinct difference between the future of words and the future of paper. they get conflated. then,
of the most thoughtful people on this matter that i've seen, and i'll introduce them now. nicholas negroponte, the founder of one >> and robert darnton is the direct every of the harvard university libraries and a professor at harvard university. [applause] so we're going the start out by having each of the panelists give a four minute presentation on what they see as the future of reading, and we'll go into a discussion from there. and we'll start with nicholas. >> okay, thank you. i modestly suggested i go first because i wanted to talk about the basics, not particularly advocate one future or another. and in thinking about it over the years, i realize there's a very distinct difference between the future of words and the future of paper. and they get conflated. and then once you tease those apart, there's a very big difference in the general topic on the pooch of their ty -- on the future of narrative, whether the narrative, you know, loses some of the value and interest in long form because our attention spans have gone down or whether narrative is instead of one medium has multimedia and
. this is something they didn't confront then. 20 years ago, you had guys like nicholas negroponte at the media lab where someday we'll have the daily me. everything's going to be confirmation bias. we're just going to create news products that feed our own biases, and we are close to that reality being here now. and that's something that it's not as clear how a political party deals with that because it's a big part of the media and technological environment that's never existed before at least in our lifetimes. >> john, you paper over it in part by having a leader. the democrats have their own sort of burgeoning parallel reality as well. >> yes, of course. >> but the difference is twofold. first of all, the democratic ecosystem is bigger because democrats have npr liberals and other kind of, you know, "the nation" liberals and it's a much more diverse system. the other important difference is this. the bush years, going on six years now, has not had a leader. and so into that vacuum comes what i call entertainment-driven conservatives whose incentives are not to get 50.1% of the vote but to be mo
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